ACAP-Hickory (NC)

ACAP-Hickory, a local chapter of ACAPcommunity, offers FREE educational programs to adult-child caregivers, other family caregivers and professionals in the Hickory, NC area. Programs are held the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory. Hope you will join us!

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia 


Date / Time: Tuesday, June 12, 5:30-7:00 pm

Location: Fellowship Hall, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church — 2780 N Center St., Hickory (beside Publix)

Presenter:  Kathy Long, RN, Retired as Vice President of Adult Services at Senior Services, Winston-Salem, NC

Although Alzheimer’s is the type of dementia we seem to hear about most often, it is only one of more than 120 forms of dementia, a debilitating condition that affects every detail of a person’s life, significantly impacts the family and is now considered a public health priority.  The June 12 ACAP Hickory will offer attendees a deeper understanding of dementia and provide tools and resources to help care for a loved one with dementia, now and in the future.  Attendees will become aware of differences between dementia and Alzheimer’s, discover interventions to assist with behavioral issues, learn examples of self-care needed during caregiving, and gain essentials necessary to maintain balance in personal, family and work life.
Ms. Kathy Long, the June ACAP Hickory speaker, graduated from NC Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in 1973 and received her BSN in 1993, later finding her niche in geriatric nursing.  She has been in leadership roles most of her career and has received national recognition for her nursing and leadership skills.  Although Ms. Long recently retired, she maintains her Gerontological Nurses Certification and her status as a National Certified Practitioner Trainer.

ACAP-Hickory gratefully acknowledges 

 as sponsors for the June ACAP Hickory program.


Hope you will join us for this important program! 


To register for this FREE program, please contact us at or 1-877-599-ACAP  (1-877-599-2227).

Although designed for adult-child caregivers, ACAP programs are open to all.

 ACAP-Hickory 2018 Programs

ACAP-Hickory provides information, resources, support and community for adult-children as we care for our aging parents and for ourselves. ACAP-Hickory meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (2780 North Center Street, Hickory). (Please note that the December program is scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month.) While the cost-free monthly educational programs are designed for adult-child caregivers, sessions are open to all who are interested. Advance registration is strongly encouraged in order to facilitate planning. To register for ACAP-Hickory programs, please email or call, toll-free, 1-877-599-ACAP (1-877-599-2227).

Date and Time Topic Presenter
Tuesday, January  9 Who, What, Why, When, Where and How: Area Resources for Mom, Dad and Me Presenter: Mary Mitchell, Family Caregiver Support Specialist, Western Piedmont Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging
Tuesday, February  13 When Mom or Dad Goes to the Hospital: What Families Need to Know Presenter: Jonell Fields, RN, Transitions of Care Manager, Catawba Valley Medical Center
Tuesday, March 13 Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior & Project C.A.R.E. Support Presenters: Julie Cook-Walker, Education Specialist, Foothills Region, Alzheimer’s Association, and Karen Phoenix, Project C.A.R.E. Family Consultant, Area Agency on Aging, Western Piedmont Council of Governments
April 10 Walking a Mile in Their Shoes: Experiencing Aging Presenter: Kim Harris, MA, Gerontology, Executive Director, Brookdale Hickory, Northeast
May 8 Palliative Medicine and Hospice: Caring for my Parent with Serious Illness Presenter: Julie Packer, RN, MSN, Director of Professional Relations, Catawba Regional Hospice (NOTE: This program ONLY – Presented at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Family Life Center)
June 12 Caring for a Loved One with Dementia Presenter: Kathy Long, RN, Vice President of Adult Services (retired), Senior Services, Winston-Salem, NC
July 10 Paying for Healthcare: Medicare & SHIIP (Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program) Presenter: Catherine Fannon, Western Regional Manager, NC Department of Insurance, Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
August 14 The Adult-Child Caregiver at Work Presenters: Susan H. Saylor, MS, Franchise Owner, Home Instead Senior Care; Beth Harris Brandes, MSW; and Frances S. Hall, MEd, Co-Founder & Executive Director, ACAPcommunity
September 11 Home Sweet Home: Residential Options for Mom and Dad Presenter: Ted Goins, President & CEO, Lutheran Services Carolinas
October 9 When Parents Leave Home: What to Know and How To Help Presenter: Jennie Alwood, MFA, SMM-C, Owner, Here2Home
Friday, November 2 4th annual ACAP conference!!! Stay tuned for details!
November 13 Planning for Facility Care While Preserving Assets for Your Family Under Medicaid & Special Assistance Presenter: Kim Whitley, JD, Partner, Patrick Harper & Dixon
December 11 Spirituality of Aging & Caregivings Presenter: Dr. David Ludwig, DMin., PhD, Professor Emeritus, Lenoir-Rhyne University; Associate Pastor, Christ Lutheran Church; clinical psychologist
Please check back for additional programs!

Program Location (unless otherwise specified)

ACAP-Hickory programs are held in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2780 N Center St, Hickory, NC 28601.